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are some other stories making news this morning. chuck hagel now has the 60 senate votes needed to be confirmed as the nation's next defense secretary after winning support from richard shelby of alabama who took part in the filibuster. a vote is expected tuesday. meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed, "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> a crewless russian cruise ship is adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice while being towed. the ghost ship has no power lights making it a threat to other vessels. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. scientists believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and
blocking at least temporarily the nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the motion to move toward a final vote failed 58-40. it's the first time a defense secretary naum he nominee has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there's still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. majority leader harry reid plans to bring up the matter when congress returns from recess at the end of the month. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama again defended his administration's use of drones on the war on terror insisting everything he
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